Timeless holiday classic, “The Nutcracker,” takes center stage in Steamboat
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Sugar plum fairies pirouette in a vibrant flurry as one little girl’s Christmas Eve journey into the enchanting Land of Sweets unfolds.
“The Nutcracker” returns to Steamboat this weekend with Elevation Dance Studio’s annual opening night performance, which is set for 6:30 p.m. Friday, and additional performances at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Saturday in the Steamboat Springs High School auditorium.
“It’s hard to believe Elevation’s first Nutcracker was 5 years ago, said Solange Guenier-Chambers, co-director of “The Nutcracker.” “The Nutcracker brings Christmas magic to life and that is why students, teachers, and audiences around the world love it so much.”
Originally a two-act ballet, “The Nutcracker” first was choreographed by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov with a score by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.
“These kids aspire to be in these roles so it’s an incredible feeling to watch them live their dreams,” said Renee Fleischer, Elevation Dance Studio owner and co-director of “The Nutcracker.” “Seeing our dancers in roles they’ve never been in makes it new every year because they each bring their own character interpretation and energy.”
Rather than perform the traditional ballet, local choreographers created their own version of the classic story to be performed by Elevation Dance Studio students. The pieces range from contemporary to jazz and from hip-hop to waltz with a few pointe ballet numbers as well.
“As a teacher, I’m overjoyed by the growth from each dancer, even the tiniest nuggets at 4 years old,” said Meg Southcott, Elevation Dance Studio teacher and choreographer. “From our first rehearsal in August to now, the students have further developed their skills as technicians, developed their character within each scene they are in, and have grown as individuals, learning more about the professional world of dance.”
This year’s performance will feature new music and two casts with a total of 96 dancers ranging in age from 4-year-olds to adults.
“There’s something about this show that’s refreshing and exciting,” Fleischer said. “It just never gets old. It’s the ultimate holiday show, synonymous with Christmas and the season of giving and receiving the gift beyond your dreams.”
Tickets for reserved premium seating for all ages is $25, reserved seating for adults is $20 and reserved seating for kids younger than 10 is $15. Tickets are sold online at elevationdancestudio.com/performances.html and can be purchased at the door pending availability.
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